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Frostburg State University



This booklet highlights the many professional achievements during the past

year of Frostburg State University’s diverse and talented faculty and staff. As you will

see in the following pages, FSU’s faculty members and professional staff contribute

to their fields by producing original research, creative works and performances, and

scholarship in teaching and learning. Faculty and staff also engage in widespread service to their fields and in the community. These professional activities enhance performance in the classroom and bolster the University’s role in supporting regional, cultural and economic development activities. Please join me in celebrating the professional achievements of members of the FSU community and thanking them for their efforts.

Dr. Tom Bowling, Interim President Frostburg State University The professional achievements listed are those reported by faculty and staff in response to surveys distributed during the spring of 2015. They encompass achievements during the period from June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015. There may have been notable achievements that were unreported and thus unlisted.

This booklet supports Goal 5 of FSU’s Strategic Plan: Promote activities that demonstrate the University’s educational distinction.

Published by Communications and Media Relations Compiled and edited by Candis Johnson 2 Frostburg State University Messages From the Deans College of Business It is with a great deal of pride that I report some of the accomplishments of faculty, students and staff of our College of Business during Academic Year 2014- 2015.

The College of Business Executive Council voted for Mr. Terry Headlee, the managing editor of The Frederick News-Post, to be the 2015 College of Business Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Headlee is a long-time friend and advisory board member of our college, and we are truly proud to have him.

In November 2014, I was invited by Hunan University of Commerce and the Central South University of Forestry and Technology to make leadership presentations and work with faculty, staff and students to develop research agendas and enhance their publication capabilities. I made nine presentations and participated in several meetings. It was one of the most joyful learning experiences of my career in China;

a beautiful country with rich history, amazing culture, amazing people and amazing hospitality.

Throughout the Academic Year 2014-2015, our faculty members published a total of 59 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 13 papers in conference proceedings and six cases and made 35 presentations at national and international conferences.

Further, Dr. Carol Gaumer was named the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Yan Bao was the recipient of the Board of Regents Faculty Award for Teaching, Dr. Amit Shah was named the recipient of the FSU Outstanding Mentor Award and Dr. Jeff McClellan received the College of Business Extra Mile Award.

In 2014, after a review of more than 500 colleges, the Affordable Colleges Foundation ranked our MBA number 25 in the nation’s Best Online MBA Programs.

In 2015, our online MBA program moved up to the rank of 12 in the country. The ranking was based on an analysis of several factors, including cost, quality and student support-related metrics, such as student-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty with doctorates, number of online MBA options, number of MBA degrees conferred and full tuition of the online MBA program. Further, in 2015, our College of Business was rated number 41 among the Top 50 Best Value Online MBA Programs in the nation by Value Colleges, an online resource of accredited programs. We have been able to achieve these remarkable recognitions due to the leadership of our MBA coordinator, Dr. Cathy Ashley-Cotleur; a strong collaborative relationship between our college and the director of Graduate Services, Dr. Vickie Mazer; and dedication of our highly qualified faculty.

Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Sigerstad, and with support from Dr. Michael Monahan and our management faculty, a new Hospitality Management Concentration has been established within the Business Administration major in the Department of Management. This new concentration will be ready for implementation in fall

2015. Students who select this concentration will have an opportunity for a six-week study abroad at Vanung University in Taiwan, under the supervision of Dr. Sigerstad, coordinator of the Hospitality Management program. This is one more step forward in our CoB Global Experiential Learning program.

Under the leadership of Dr. Bao and with the support of our accounting Professional Achievements 2015 3 faculty, along with Dr. John Bowman, colleagues from the Office of Admissions and the Center for International Education, we are establishing a collaborative (2+2) program between the FSU College of Business and China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT). This program will allow Chinese students to go through two years of course work at CUMT, attend two years at FSU’s College of Business and upon completion, earn an undergraduate degree in accounting. If all works out, we should have the first cohort of Chinese students at FSU in fall 2016.

Our Global Experiential Learning program is in full swing. Previous trips have included China, Ecuador and Peru. This past summer (2015), Drs. McClellan, Gaumer and Monahan accompanied a group of students to Brazil and continued our mission to send students abroad to learn about our global world. The program included academic projects, as well a cultural and leadership experiences.

The AACSB Continuous Improvement Accreditation Review of our programs is scheduled for October 4-6, 2015. With tremendous contribution by our faculty, staff, students and advisory board, we have gone through a successful preparation process in a high spirit of collaboration and teamwork. We will soon submit our Fifth-Year Report to the Peer Review Team for review.

We are grateful to the FSU administration, our alumni and our Advisory Board members for their support and for providing us with resources we need to offer our students the best possible learning experiences and opportunities.

Please visit the website of Frostburg State University to learn more about our College of Business.

Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi Dean of the College of Business/ Interim Provost College of Education Athletic Training, Educational Professions and Recreation and Parks Management programs and their subunits in the College of Education successfully completed their national accreditation processes during the 2014-2015 academic year. A great deal of time and energy was devoted to the preparatory work required for reporting to the national organizations representing these components and arranging logistics for both national and state accreditation team visits to the University. As a result of significant changes within the administration of the Maryland State Department of Education as well as recommendations from the various visiting accreditation teams, additional strategic planning for programmatic growth is necessary. As a result, the college continues to expand its initiatives for several programs, including School Counseling and the MAT Secondary at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, as well as the development of the collaborative program in Recreation and Parks Management with Garrett Community College. Concomitant with this process, the first doctoral cohort in Educational Leadership completed their course of study and graduated in May 2015. The impact of the cohort’s research is already beginning to have an impact on decision making 4 Frostburg State University and awareness both within in the University and within the broader context of the community. Representing the continued growth of the doctoral process, FSU now has a new fourth cohort in place that is beginning its development in educational leadership. Demands for doctoral committee members and chairs to guide the advisement and dissertation process will continue to grow and as a critical priority within the College. With the anticipated continuation of the rotation of cohort onset between the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown and FSU, the doctorate in educational leadership will continue to draw from a wide geographic area supporting an array of research critical to the needs of local educational communities and their personnel. It is anticipated that the program will have major effects on the region and its economy.

The College’s dual elementary-middle school certification program, the first in the state of Maryland, continues to develop and prepare teacher candidates to address the unique learning profiles and developmental needs of this age group.

Middle-level education candidates benefit from a rich synergy in curriculum methodology and practical clinical field experiences where they hone their teaching skills by utilizing a strong basis in content knowledge while simultaneously addressing the needs of the learners in their classrooms. The collaborative program among FSU, University of Maryland University College and the Department of Defense in Europe also focuses on a secondary model. Candidates in the program are drawn from active military personnel and their dependents at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Classes for the first cohort began in August 2014 and the program continues to attract a small but growing number of students. Leadership in the program and articulation of advisement and coordination of course offerings have been a collaborative venture between FSU and the delivery site coordinator. A new program director is expected to be in place in fall 2015.

Last year, the Department of Kinesiology hired a new director of Athletic Training to address accreditation standards requirements for candidate preparation.

With a great deal of hard work and innovation, Athletic Training passed its CAATE accreditation, successfully addressing all areas of concern and significantly strengthened an already vibrant program.

The Adventure Sports 2+2 BS degree proposed between FSU and Garrett Community College last year is now fully approved. Capitalizing on the resources offered uniquely at both campuses, it is hoped that the collaborative effort to develop and build the program will be a model in the state as well as nationally.

Skill sets in Adventure Sports learned at GCC will form the foundation for the second half of the program where candidates learn active leadership roles that enhance and support viable Adventure Sports activities. Candidates in the collaborative will continue to focus on the components of Adventure Sports leadership as active participants, but also as practitioners and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Clarence E. Golden, Jr.

Dean of the College of Education Professional Achievements 2015 5 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences One of the critical core values of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is “a high standard of excellence in teaching, service, research and other professional endeavors.” During the last year, our faculty demonstrated extraordinary achievements, as evidenced by the number and quality of faculty publications, presentations, performances, reviews and exhibits, as well as the many hours faculty have spent in academic, community and professional service. And this impressive list only touches on the contributions, many unreported, made by our faculty.

Confirmation of the quality of this work is provided by the number of awards, funded grants, honors and other distinctions bestowed on the faculty.

The College is committed to providing experientially based learning opportunities for students. During the spring of 2015, CLAS sponsored its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This event highlighted 100 projects featuring the work of 136 students, mentored by 45 faculty members across 15 departments. Also, a Dean’s Colloquium was held for 14 students nominated from eight CLAS programs to discuss research and professional activities done in collaboration with faculty mentors. CLAS continued to support faculty engaging their students in experiential learning projects, awarding $22,510 to support 20 projects.

As a means of enhancing regional engagement, the College again maintained a number of educational outreach programs. CLAS supported a STEM Festival that was attended by more than 400 K-12 students and parents. At the festival, 38 hands-on activities were sponsored by FSU and Appalachian Laboratory faculty and students. Mountain City Traditional Arts, located in downtown Frostburg, continued to provide the region with educational workshops, musical presentations, displays of artwork, literary readings and other folklore and folklife programming. The ninth annual regional Appalachian Festival was held in September on the FSU campus. The Frostburg Science Discovery Center hosted 4,450 visitors (150 groups) during the academic year. Additionally, the Creative Writing Center provided several workshops and outreach activities for students and professional writers nationally.

Especially in these times of budgetary constraints, it is important to develop and enhance partnerships and collaborations with regional businesses. CLAS is working with the University to develop relationships with Maryland Industrial Partnerships to enhance the prospects for economic development within the region.

The College collaborates on the local level with the Evergreen Heritage Center. Also, the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council is partnering with FSU on the Frostburg Grows project. Frostburg Grows received three new grant awards from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Rural Maryland Council and the Town Creek Foundation. These types of alliances may bring additional financial resources to the area and opportunities for faculty research, student internships and jobs for our graduates.

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